It’s 5 o’clock and 85 degrees somewhere… and because it is, I ignored the snowstorm outside yesterday and whipped up a green piña colada smoothie (virgin, because it was a pre-workout snack and nobody wants to be that girl who falls off the back of the treadmill). This smoothie brings together the classic piña colada flavors shredded coconut and frozen pineapple chunks. I also add banana for creaminess and a squeeze of lime. The greeña comes from kale or spinach — you can taste no hint of it and it’s a great way to add calcium and fiber to a smoothie. Many tropical cocktail mixes are made with high fructose corn syrup, so this easy homemade alternative skips the over-processed additives in lieu of fresh, whole ingredients. To turn this baby into a cocktail, just add rum!
½ frozen banana, cut into chunks
½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
⅛ cup shredded coconut (or coconut milk for a smoother drink)
1 large leaf of kale, stripped of the stem and torn into pieces OR a handful of spinach
½ cup oat milk
squeeze of fresh lime
Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse on the highest setting until smooth.
P.S. – I totally thought that I came up with the name Greeña Colada, until I googled it and saw it’s already a thing. Is this how Al Gore felt when the internet happened?